Friday, December 01, 2017

Tutorial: Gift Card Slider


A creatively wrapped gift brings joy no matter what the occasion. But packaging a gift card can be tricky. In today's tutorial, I'll show you how to create a gift card package using Lynda Kanase's Sizzix Bigz L Die - Card, Slider and other dies from her Picture This! collection. Let's start by looking at the supplies.

Supplies:


Other: Cardstock, chipboard, Gelatos colors, paint brush, stencil, inkpad, brush marker, adhesive

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

 

To die-cut the Card Slider out of chipboard, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad, lay the Sizzix Bigz L Die - Card, Slider blade-side up. Place the chipboard on the die and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. 
Press down the crease lines to make the folds and use adhesive to construct the Card Slider.


Paint the card slider with your favorite coloring medium. Stamp or stencil some pattern on to the plain background.

 

Stamp some sentiments from Sizzix Framelits Die Set 11PK w/Stamps - Photo Shaker Box, Seasonal and Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamps - Photo Stand, Seasonal on cardstock. Cut the sentiments in blocks and mount them on patterned paper blocks from Sizzix Paper - 4" x 6" Cardstock Pad, Picture This!, 36 Sheets.


Attach the mounted sentiments to the Card Slider as shown. Make sure that none of these blocks stick out when the slider is closed.


Also stamp a sentiment on the back of the Card Slider. We are just trying to dress it up, so pick and choose how you want to embellish yours.


Stamp the Christmas Trees on cardstock. Color it with brush markers.

To die-cut the Christmas trees and Seasonal Photo Stand, create the following Sizzix Sandwich - on a Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay a Standard Cutting Pad. On it, place cardstock and the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamps - Photo Stand, Seasonal blade side down. Place the word dies making sure they both face the same way when the whole piece is die-cut.

Also lay the Christmas Trees die framing the stamped image on cardstock. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Cut small blocks from Sizzix Paper - 4" x 6" Cardstock Pad, Picture This!, 36 Sheets. This would add a pop of color to the Card Slider when you insert them behind the diecut words on the Photo Stand.


Although the Photo Stand is really a stand-alone piece, I used it to accent my Card Slider. You can always use an element in a way that you like.

When you are finished, slide in your gift card.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun playing with these cute dies!

Here's another gift card package idea for you.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tutorial: Christmas Tags


Tags are no longer just for labeling and gift giving, they are a part of Holiday crafting. Today I'll show you how to make the above tags with Sizzix dies and stamps by Katelyn Lizardi that you can tie to a gift package as well as use on other craft and decor projects.

Supplies:
Other: Cardstock, tags, Gelatos colors, ink pad, paint brush, adhesive, brush pens, sponge, water, paper towel, brush markers 


On white cardstock, stamp the images from Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps - Christmas Star, Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps - Dove and Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Angel. Stamp multiples of the smaller images for clustering. You can also stamp more of the bigger images as well if you wish to layer.

To diecut the stamped images, create the following Sizzix Sandwich - on Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, place another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. On it, lay the cardstock with the stamped images. Place the corresponding dies blade-side down framing the stamped images and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine

Repeat this process till you have die-cut every image. Set them aside.
 

Color the tags with Gelatos colors. Blend them dry with a sponge.


Splatter some water on the tags and wipe of with dry paper towel.


Color the stamped die-cuts with Gelatos colors and brush markers.


Use foam adhesive to layer the elements.
 

Cluster the smaller elements around the main images to finish the tags.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun making your own Holiday tags!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Creativebug's Black Friday Sale

 

Did you know that Creativebug is having a Black Friday sale? And that means if you sign up between 11/22 and 11/29, you get the first three months of subscription for just $1. This sale only happens once a year and it ends on 11/29!

At Creativebug you'll find over a thousand classes, with new ones added every week, covering various types of crafts from Art and Design to Holiday and Party and almost everything in between

There are mixed media and art journaling classes as well. I have taught the following classes at Creativebug and currently preparing to shoot more classes early next year.

Here's Art Journaling with Gelatos.


And here's Art Journaling: Mixed Media on Paper

Don't forget to sign up for Creativebug before sale ends on 11/29 and get three months of subscription for just $1.

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Free Downloads

Hi everyone! Here are four free downloads from Richard Garay of RG Studio 360. Aren't they beautiful? I think so. Save them, print them and have fun!






Monday, October 30, 2017

Video Tutorial: Embroider with Stamps

 

Growing up, I have been mesmerized, watching my mom, embroider these fascinating designs on my dresses, table covers, pillow cases, elevating everyday use items to something beautiful! While I'm not an expert at embroidery, I still love the look and if I find a way to create the look without spending a lot of time, I go for it. That is why I picked these lovely stamp sets from Fun Stampers Journey for making today's card!

Fun Stampers Journey Supplies I used:
Cardstock: Whip Cream, Butter Cream
True Color Fusion Inks: Denim Days, Candy Apple, Lemon Grass, Summer Days , Pretty Pansy
Stamp sets: Sweet Petunias, Stitched Elegance, Embroidered Greetings

Adhesive: Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner, Journey Foam Squares - Small 
Tool: Details Pro Shears
Paints: Cool Pool, Butter Cream


And here's the video tutorial:


I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Sweet Embroidered Hello!


When I was little, my mom made me all my dresses. And to each, she added her own artistic touches. There was this beige silk one that she embroidered tiny flowers in cheerful colors. I loved that dress! The Fun Stampers Journey Stitched Elegance Stamp set reminds me of mom's embroidered flowers and I wanted to capture that in this week's card.

We will start with a supply list and then I'll walk you through my process in pictures.

Supplies:



Stamp the leaves and flowers from the Stitched Elegance stamp set on Whip Cream cardstock using the following inks - leaves with Lemon Grass, flowers with Summer Days, Candy Apple and River Stone True Color Fusion Ink.
 

Use Details Pro Shears to cut out the stamped images.  

Stamp 'Hello' from the Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set on Whip Cream cardstock using Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion Ink. Cut it out with Details Pro Shears.
 

Trim cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half using the Crease Tool to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.


Attach the cut-out images to the card as shown using the Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.


Attach the sentiment to the card with Journey Foam Squares.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with this stamp set. 


Monday, October 16, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Card to say Love You


Nothing says ' Love You' better than roses! And if the roses are embroidered, then it adds a touch of timelessness. My Fun Stampers Journey stamp set of embroidered roses makes it very easy for me to capture that look. 

Supplies:
Embroidered Rose Stamp Set
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink
Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink
Denim Days True Color Fusion Ink
Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion Ink
Whip Cream Cardstock
Details Pro Shears
Crease Tool 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small


Follow along if you want to recreate my card.


Stamp the Embroidered Roses on Whip Cream cardstock using the following inks - leaves with Lemon Grass, flowers with Candy Apple, and the stems with Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion Ink. 


Stamp 'Love you' from the Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set on Whip Cream cardstock using Denim Days True Color Fusion Ink.
 

Use Details Pro Shears to cut out the stamped images and sentiment. You could also diecut them with the matching dies.
 

Trim cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half using the Crease Tool to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
 

Attach the stems with Easy Glide Permanent adhesive Runner and layer on the flowers and leaves with Journey Foam Squares.

Attach the sentiment overlapping the floral arrangement.


Here's the finished card. 
I hope you enjoy today's tutorial!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Botanical Greeting!


Botanical prints, you know the vintage ones... I love them! When I saw the Fun Stampers Journey Day Fern ATS and Sweet Buds ATS stamps, I was excited at the creative possibilities they offered. In today's tutorial, I used these stamp sets to create a card. 

Let's start by looking at the supplies.
Supplies:
Day Fern ATS
Sweet Buds ATS 

Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set


Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink

Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink
Summer Days True Color Fusion Ink
River Stone True Color Fusion Ink
Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion Ink
Whip Cream Cardstock
Details Pro Shears
Crease Tool 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small

And now let me walk you through the steps. 


Stamp the Day Fern ATS and Sweet Buds ATS on Whip Cream cardstock using the following inks - Fern, leaves and stems with Lemon Grass, flowers with Summer Days and Candy Apple, and the snail with River Stone True Color Fusion Ink.


Use Details Pro Shears to cut out the stamped images. You could also diecut them with the matching dies.


Stamp 'Miss you' from the Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set on Whip Cream cardstock using Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion Ink.
 

Trim cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half using the Crease Tool to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.


Attach the botanical images to the card as shown using the Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.
 

Attach the sentiment to the card with Journey Foam Squares.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these dies. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Book Review: A Well-Crafted Home


I'm very fond of DIY decor and Janet Crowther's A Well-Crafted Home was a great find! 
Starting with an introductory section about design rules and a DIY Tool Kit, the author goes on to detail the steps for creating projects for every room in the house. The projects are simple and can be tailored to your space and are notches above the average DIY as they require quality materials (often salvaged) and carefully designed to last a long time. 
My favorites from the book are the refurbished table lamp (p.139), woven leather basket (p.21), framed brushstroke art (p.62) and the air-dry clay bowls. 
The photography is beautiful too. Must have for a crafter's library!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Monday, October 02, 2017

Card Tutorial: An Autumn Greeting!


Ah GORGEOUS Autumn! With so much rain this year, we lost a lot of leaves before they could turn colors. But even then, every day it's a delight to see the colors peek though the thick morning mist. These are the scenes that inspired today's card. Follow along to see how I made this card, starting with the supplies:

Supplies:
Artsy Leaves Stamp Set
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set
Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad  
Summer Days True Color Fusion Ink Pad  
Dark Roast True Color Fusion Ink Pad   
Gold Silk
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock
Details Pro Shears 4.5"
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - Small


Stamp the Artsy Leaves onto Whip Cream cardstock with Dark Roast True Color Fusion ink.


Press Lemon Grass True Color Fusion Ink Pad face down on the leaves. Repeat with Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad and Summer Days True Color Fusion Ink Pad till you have a spread of autumn colors over the leaves. 
 

Cut the colored leaves with scissors following the stamped lines and cut one into a block.


Attach the cut out leaves with the Easy Glide adhesive runner. Add the artsy leaf block overlapping the other leaves with Journey Foam Squares - Small.


Splatter Gold Silk on the card.


On Whip Cream cardstock, stamp the sentiment 'Hello' from the Embroidered Greetings Stamp set and Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink.
Cut the sentiment out with scissors and attach to the card with Journey Foam Squares.


Here's my finished card. I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these lovely stamps!